The number of coronavirus cases linked to the huge Islamic congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin last month shot up to a minimum of 387 on Wednesday, accounting for the sharpest single-day spike in India since the outbreak of the deadly pandemic.
Tamil Nadu has registered the most important share thus far at 190, followed by 71 in Andhra Pradesh , 53 in Delhi, 28 in Telangana, 13 in Assam, 12 in Maharashtra, 10 in Andamans, six in Jammu and Kashmir, and two in Puduchhery and Gujarat each.
Authorities scoured mosques across India on Wednesday trying to trace people that attended the gathering of the Muslim group in Delhi that has emerged as hotspot within the spread of coronavirus in India. Over 1,800 people have tested positive across the country thus far .
Thousands of individuals from across India and a few from countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, had visited the headquarters of the Sunnite missionary movement, Tablighi Jamaat, during a narrow winding lane in Delhi's Nizamuddin West last month, participating in prayer sessions and lectures over several days.
Tablighi Jamaat said that with no public transportation and every one movement stopped thanks to a nationwide lockdown, thousands of individuals had been stranded inside the dormitories of the Markaz or centre after the meeting ended while others had left the town .
Delhi's Health Minister Satyendra Jain said 2,335 people were taken out of the Tablighi centre and its mosque over a 36-hour period that ended on Wednesday.
"They are sent to quarantine centres, others who showed symptoms are in hospitals," he said.
With many millions living in cramped, unhygienic conditions, there are fears that India's health system might be easily overwhelmed if the coronavirus takes root.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a 21-day lockdown which will end in mid-April during a desperate bid to debar a plague among India's 130 crore people.